Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming…

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” Marsha Norman Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Early morning stroll in the south of France… Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Pointe Du Hoc Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… By way of Arromances “Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe In some cultures, it is believed that ...

Happy New Year: Join the 365 Day Blogging Challenge for 2011!

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-Tzu, author,Tao Te Ching ♫♥☼♪ ♫♪♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To You! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♪♫ ♫♥☼♪ Happy New Year: Plant a Seed. Learn a Skill. Grow! I plan to post something inspirational every day in 2011! I’ve decided to join the WordPress challenge … by posting daily on this 2-year-old blog.  Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on ...

Reflections: Circles Of Appreciation…

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well” Voltaire Reflections: Circles Of Appreciation… Throughout our lives, we connect with many circles of friends, family, and people who enrich our lives and act as guardians on the path. I have had my share of pain and joy, and the goodwill of kind people helped me in those dark hours. I would be remiss if I ignore the fact that all we do and accomplish ...

Brown Bear

When I graduated from college, my art degree made me about as hirable as a shepherd. I was a newlywed living in San Francisco and my bride’s cooking had caused me to pack on the pounds I’d fought off in college. To make matters worse, because of the additional weight I didn’t have any clothes that fit to wear to job interviews. I was reduced to wearing a black leather jacket I tried to dress up with a tie. I ...

Experience Meets Innocence: Are You The Tiger or The Lamb?

“You are an angel, and your life is your message. You can be a messenger of lies, fear, and destruction; or a messenger of truth, love, and creation. But you cannot deliver lies and truth at the same time.” Don Miguel Ruiz Experience: A Tiger snarls... by Michael Nichols via NG I get a Daily Inspirational quote from Don Miguel Ruiz’s mailings; each, a pithy reflection and refreshing insight on life and how we choose to live it. Don Miguel is the author of The ...

Art: All Time Magnificent Paintings…

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”   Pablo Picasso Art: All Time Magnificent Paintings...Garçon à la pipe Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) – Garçon à la pipe Art: All Time Magnificent Paintings...Impression, soleil levant,(sunrise) Claude Monet (1840-1926) – Impression, soleil levant,(sunrise) Art: All Time Magnificent Paintings... Ram's Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986) – Ram’s Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills Art: All Time Magnificent Paintings... The Spirit of the Dead Keep Watch Paul Gauguin  (1848-1903)  The Spirit of the Dead Keep Watch Art: All Time Magnificent Paintings... Woman Reading Henri Matisse (1869 ...

Christmas Plants that are Poisonous for Pets

Christmas just wouldn’t feel quite like Christmas without traditional holiday plants, like poinsettias and holly decking our halls. Holiday plants add colour and holiday cheer to our homes. However, pet owners should take some precaution. Many of the popular Christmas plants are toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. Pets can become quite ill. In fact, the holiday season is one of the busiest for vets. But these health scares can be easily avoided by keeping these poisonous plants away from ...

Flower Crafts: Dried Flower Wreaths

Fall is here! Celebrate this wonderful season with a fall wreath. Learn how to create one with dried flowers. Here’s how to make your very own dried flower wreath: Materials: a wreath base (you can use a wire hanger, if you like) florist wire dried flowers (i.e lavender, hydrangea, strawflowers) and foliage shears for trimming stems Start by gathering your flowers and the foliage you want to use. Trim stems as you see fit.  6 inches is a good place to start. Make a bundle and secure ...

Facing my fear and failure (again)…

My two biggest fears in life are the fear of failure and of disappointing people – I think many people can relate to those. But both of those fears combined into a queasy ache in my stomach yesterday as I walked into the local WeightWatchers office where I used to weigh-in and lost 35 lbs. TWICE over the past three years. Needless to say, I re-gained most of that lost weight because I got lazy with the program – thinking I had ...

No Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Pulitzer Prize juror Maureen Corrigan, Georgetown University professor of English and 22-year veteran book critic on NPR's "Fresh Air" (photo from Georgetown U. website) If you’ve been following the news, you have already seen the lists of Pulitzer Prizewinners and heard the news that nothing was selected to win in fiction this year. Wow. Quite a disappointment for a lot of people, from authors to booksellers, not to mention readers. Here’s an item you may not have seen, which provides an added ...

Ignoring the Muse

So, last week I started writing in my head. Well, actually it was longer ago than that, but last week my mental writing became so distracting that I was having a difficult time concentrating on anything else. It was like having a little movie screen in my head. At first it was easy to shut it off, but as the story deepened the more distracted I became, until finally I couldn’t concentrate on much of anything else. My brain was ...

One Thing a Single Mom Can't Teach Her Son

My wife and I agree that parenting is the toughest job we've ever had. I can only imagine the exponential magnitude of the challenge for a single parent of either gender. I applaud and I'm humbled by any single parent who's working to keep their family clothed, fed, sheltered and together. However, there is one thing that I witnessed first hand several months ago that has left an impression on me about the value of two parents raising a child. This has to ...

Design Shuffle Names BGI a Top 10 of 2013

Design Shuffle, an online go-to destination for design professionals and enthusiasts, has revealed its first annual Top 10 of the year and Barbara Gilbert Interiors was selected! Ten design professionals from each of the three regions of the United States were chosen based on the quality of their designs within their online portfolios. Design Shuffle’s popular “Fave” feature also played a contributing factor in the firms honored. Design enthusiasts and industry partners everywhere use the fun and helpful “Fave” feature to ...

Book Review: Spark An Entrepreneurial Fire

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” ~ Anonymous I didn’t have a lot of disposable cash as a teenager growing up simply because my parents both had lower middle class jobs and five kids to support. To further confound the problem, my parents forbid me from having a paper route because they didn’t want to end up having to deliver the papers themselves which is understandable. Teens Are Having Trouble Finding Minimum Wage Jobs As such, I mostly relied on seasonal ...

7 Questions With an Author: Rob Swanson

7 Questions With an Author: Rob Swanson

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Rob Swanson and his latest book is titled Do Angels Still Fall? Rob is a freelance writer and ghostwriter, as well as a husband, father and Christian, Rob explores, among other things, the depths of God’s riches and wonders. His professional website is www.swanwrite.com and respective publishing site is www.prevailpress.com. Here are 7 Questions With ...

My Book Interview on Contact Talk Radio with Dov Baron

Radio host, leadership expert, bestselling author - Dov Baron Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Contact Talk Radio by radio host Dov Baron (see photo insert) for an hour about my book Question of Faith. Dov’s a leadership expert, bestselling author and speaker who also hosts a weekly radio show The Accidental Guru that’s heard out of Seattle. I thought it was a great interview and Dov and I really hit it off – possibly because we both have ...

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Winter Storm Warning

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Winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am CST Wednesday…a wintry mix of precipitation is ongoing across much of the area and will continue to spread south and east through the remainder of the day. Ice accumulations of one quarter of an inch will be possible in all locations with accumulations possibly nearing one half inch south …

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How Cold Is Cold?

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I am taking a bit of a break from the Germany Travelogue to complain about the weather. Isn’t that what everyone does? Isn’t that one of our Constitutional Rights? Of course it is…there is some very fine print somewhere mixed in the First Amendment about weather related free speech. And…dare I say that no one is …

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Let’s Do The Time Warp Again

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A wise Arizona Indian chief once said, “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.” Wisely, Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. In my opinion, this is a very logical observation. …

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The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Canada

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While Fun Flower Facts is a flower blog, we think leaves can be just as beautiful as flowers. In fact, Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher, said it best: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Canada is a beautiful country, especially during the fall, when the trees …

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Radio-Treated Water the Answer to Global Warming?

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With all the climate changes and weird weather we’ve been having in recent years, global warming is a serious matter and environmentalists and scientists have been working endlessly to find some solutions. Irish professors at the University of Limerick believes they have found a way to increase the size and production of vegetable crops and bedding …

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The Supermoon

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The largest full moon of 2013, a so-called “supermoon,” will light up the night sky this weekend, but there’s more to this lunar delight than meets the eye. On Sunday, June 23, at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), the moon will arrive at perigee — the point in its orbit bringing it closest to Earth), a …

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Inspiration: In The Heart Of Winter…

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“On a lone winter evening, when the frost has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills, The Cricket’s song…” John Keats Inspiration: In The Heart Of Winter… Tallin I noticed winter’s frosty blanket Outside my kitchen window Everywhere and on everything… It slows our pace and numbs our hands It forces us to contemplate… In the heart of winter, a warm …

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